Team

We are a group of scientists tackling fundamental questions in cell biology. We are looking for motivated, creative, fun, positive people. If this is you, then we encourage you to learn more about joining us!

Jason E. Lee, PhD

Principal Investigator

Jason received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He completed his PhD training with Pravin Sehgal at New York Medical College studying the dependence of Golgi function on nitric oxide in the context of pulmonary arterial hypertension. After his PhD, Jason trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Gia Voeltz at the University of Colorado, Boulder studying organelle division and inter-organelle contact sites. Since July 2020, Jason has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). During his career, Jason has received several honors, including Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Awards from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute of the NIH, and a CPRIT Scholar Award. Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys surfing, playing soccer and baseball, traveling with his family, and watching his daughter learn new things everyday. PubMed | Twitter

Research Technicians

Zachary Ralston

Zach is originally from Salinas, California and recently graduated with a BA in Molecular Biology from Claremont Mckenna College. He was a student-athlete that balanced playing for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team and pursuing his research interests in the laboratory of Zhaohua Irene Tang. In the Tang Lab, Zach worked with fission yeast (S. Pombe) to study relationships between heterochromatin modulation, RNA processing, cell cycle regulation, and cell death.  Outside of academia, Zach enjoys hiking, playing basketball, cooking, playing with cats, and volunteering in the community.

Anna Regresado

Anna is originally from Houston, Texas and recently graduated with her BS in Genetics and Genomics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2022. There, in the laboratory of John Wallingford, she worked with frogs (X. laevis) to study the proteomics of ciliogenesis. Her long term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology. Outside of the lab, Anna enjoys playing volleyball, swimming, singing karaoke, and playing with her cat Ming.

Paola Onate Colobon

Paola is originally from Colombia and a recent graduate with a BS in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Oklahoma. As an international student, Paola gained research experience by participating in multiple projects within the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as Microbiology and Plant Biology. As a summer intern at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation under the mentorship of Dr. Roberto Pezza, she worked with genetically modified mice to investigate the molecular mechanisms behind double-strand breaks (DSBs) in meiotic cells. Her long-term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, and her areas of interest are Tumor Biology and Immunology. Outside of her professional life, Paola enjoys cooking, yoga, and traveling.

Graduate Students

Noah Powell

Cancer and Cell Biology PhD candidate – Noah is originally from Santa Clarita, California and recently graduated from Ohio University with his BS in Cell/Molecular Biology in 2022. There, under the mentorship of Kevin Lee, he studied cellular heterogeneity in non-classical adipose tissues, with respect to their contributions toward obesity and type II diabetes. Noah enrolled in the Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Program at Baylor College of Medicine in August 2021, and joined our lab in March 2022 to begin his PhD training. Outside of the lab, Noah enjoys playing racquetball, baseball, and board games with his friends and family.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Chang-Jui (Andrea) Chen, PhD

Andrea is originally from Taiwan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Taipei Medical University. After achieving a B.S., Andrea worked as a clinical pharmacist at Taipei Medical University Hospital specializing in oncology and hematology. She gained clinical pharmacy and research experience at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Andrea completed her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin studying the immunomodulatory properties of metformin and its role in reprogramming immunological aging. Her long-term goal is to conduct translational research as a principal investigator in academia. Outside of her love for science and research, Andrea enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking, yoga, and watching college football games with her husband. 

Joshua Marcus, PhD

Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) T32 Postdoc Josh received his BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. There, under the mentorship of James Orth, he studied the cell cycle effects of nuclear export inhibition as a cancer therapeutic. He completed his PhD training with Shaida Andrabi at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the effects of oxidative stress on the RNA-binding protein TDP43 in neurons. He started his postdoc in our lab at the beginning of September 2021 and studying biomolecular condensate quality control mechanisms associated with the endoplasmic reticulum. Outside the lab, Josh enjoys hiking, live music, and spending time with his family who are local to Houston.